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Beth-aven

beth-a'-ven (the house of vanity; of iniquity of trouble, house of nothingness)
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Benjamin, Bethel, Hosea
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Easton's Bible Dictionary

house of nothingness; i.e., "of idols", A place in the mountains of Benjamin, east of Bethel ( Joshua 7:2 ; 18:12 ; 1 Samuel 13:5 ). In Hosea 4:15 ; 5:8 ; 10:5 it stands for "Bethel" (q.v.), and it is so called because it was no longer the "house of God," but "the house of idols," referring to the calves there worshipped.


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Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names

the house of vanity; of iniquity of trouble


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Smith's Bible Dictionary

(house of nothingness , i.e. of idols),

A place on the mountains of Benjamin, east of Bethel, ( Joshua 7:2 ; 18:12 ) and lying between that place and Michmash. ( 1 Samuel 13:5 ; 14:28 ) In ( Hosea 4:15 ; 5:8 ; 10:5 ) the name is transferred to the neighboring Bethel, --once the "house of God" but then the house of idols of "naught."


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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

beth-a'-ven (beth 'awen; Baithon, Baithaun):

A place on the northern boundary of the territory of Benjamin (Joshua 18:12) East of Bethel, near Ai (Joshua 7:2), West of Michmash (1 Samuel 13:5 ; 14:23). Beth-aven, "house of vanity," i.e. "idolatry," may possibly represent an original beth-'on, "house of wealth." Wilson (PEFS, 1869, 126) suggests Khirbet An, West of Michmash. The name is used in mockery for Bethel by Hosea (Hosea 4:15 ; 10:5 , 8 , etc.; compare Amos 5:5).


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